Monthly Archive: July 2015


Net Worked | July 29th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why Twitter’s concerns are journalists’ concerns

As investors wonder what’s next for Twitter, journalists are also wondering the same thing. (Image: Flickr user Anthony Quintano under CC)

Twitter earlier Tuesday released its second quarter earnings. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The flow of information: Reporting on water in the west

Abrahm Lustgarten, an energy and environment reporter at ProPublica, had a seat right on the battle lines of the Western Water Wars. Having previously lived in a small town on the Colorado River, he developed an awareness of the water scarcity problem, especially as the drought got worse.  Continue reading


Net Worked | July 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Is Snapchat discovering a journalistic comeback?

As Snapchat updates its Discover feature, its still trying to figure out its purpose in the world of social media. (Image: Flickr user ryan.nagelmann under CC)

The last couple of weeks have seen changes to Snapchat’s Discover feature, the platform established in January by the Los Angeles based social network that has seen content from providers including CNN, ESPN and the Comedy Central network. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 27th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Judging the Freedom of Information Act in environmental court

One misstep, one decision, one instant can unleash consequences that last a lifetime. Consider April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion created an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, the fallout from which is still making news. Continue reading


Code Words | July 26th, 2015 | #, #, #, #
It’s Alive: Code’s Supporting Documents Linked

Screenshot of the SPJ Code of Ethics on the organization’s website.

After a year of work by the Society’s Ethics Committee, I’m happy to announce that each principle in the Society’s Code of Ethics offers additional resources to guide journalists in making responsible decisions. Continue reading


4th Estate | July 24th, 2015 | #
OU’s Young a winner

Nerissa Young and her SPJ students staged a well-run, high-impact regional conference in Athens, Ohio, in March 2015.

Region 4 continued to wrack up honors this week, as the SPJ national office released news of members who will be honored at EIJ15 in September. Continue reading


4th Estate | July 22nd, 2015 | #
Otterbein 360 honored

Otterbein 360, the student-run web site at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, is one of five winners of the 2015 SPJ national Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Continue reading


4th Estate | July 22nd, 2015 | #
Cincinnati leader honored

Field experience is critical, Tom McKee, a reporter with WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, tells students at the Region 4 conference in Athens, Ohio, in March.

Tom McKee, president of the Cincinnati chapter of SPJ, is one of two winners of the annual Howard S. Continue reading


SPJ Member Spotlight | July 21st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Congratulations to Andrew Seaman, SPJ Volunteer of the Month

Andrew Seaman

Congratulations to SPJ Member of the Month Andrew Seaman, who is chairman of SPJ’s Ethics Committee. Andrew is a medical journalist with Thomson Reuters in New York City, where he reports medical and health news from around the world. Continue reading


Code Words | July 20th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Learning from Gawker’s Attempt to Erase the Past

Visit SPJ.org for information on its Code of Ethics.

Journalism is a high-risk profession. While the work is rewarding, one mistake may lead to a very public downfall. Continue reading


Region 5 Blog | July 17th, 2015 | #
Louisville Pro honors contest winners, retiring board members

Steve York, Kathy Francis and Jim St. Clair were honored for years of service on the SPJ Louisville Pro Board. Photo by Renee Petrina.

The SPJ Louisville Pro Chapter hosted its annual award dinner June 26 at the Bristol in downtown Louisville. Continue reading


Code Words | July 17th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
We Expect Better, Gawker

Photo illustration of Gawker homepage of 07/17/2015

Gawker published a post yesterday suggesting the website Reddit is ignorant to the harassment and abuse that occurs within its walls. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 16th, 2015 | #
Five tips when interviewing for a digital job

On the hunt for a digital job? Keep these five pieces of advice in mind.

Research, and then research again Search the company you’re interviewing with on all social platforms and compile a study guide. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 15th, 2015 | #
Facebook’s ‘Premium Messaging’ disabled?

A reporter at the Post-Dispatch noticed recently that he’s been having issues reaching people with Facebook messages. He often sends ones to people he’s not friends with, spending the $1 per message to have them delivered directly to them – and not to the “other” inbox. Continue reading


FOI FYI | July 14th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Guilty by Omission: Tristram Korten and FCIR Investigate What Florida’s DEP Leaves Out

It started off as a passing complaint from a former contractor with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; the word “climate change” was taboo. The contractor had been hired to write educational fact sheets about coral reefs, he told Tristram Korten, editor at the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.   Continue reading